I served on several pension reform committees going back to the 80’s and all through the 90’s into the 2000’s. In the early 90’s, we had to fight with both our union and our pension funds just to get improvements, we won the first improvements under the Master Freight Agreement, negotiated by R.V.Durham. Once Ron Carey won the Presidency, we had someone at the top fighting for us. That said, Ron Carey wouldn’t have won, nor would we have gotten the improvements, without the organization and leadership from TDU.
I visited Washington, D.C. three times in 2006 with a group of Teamsters to defend our pension rights. We were for the Pension Protection Act but lobbied for the elimination of the Red Zone Amendment included in the Bill. The “red zone’ amendment allowed underfunded pension funds to make cuts. When we were visiting with members of Congress, we were told that Hoffa had sent someone from the IBT Lobby Dept. to speak to Congress in favor of the Bill, including the Red Zone Amendment. Later Hoffa came out and said that he didn’t support the Red Zone Amendment. So he was playing both sides.
Now Hoffa and the Central States are participating in the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Pensions (NCCMP). Tom Nyhan, executive director of the Central States, testified before Congress asking for changes to pension law that will allow the Fund to make cuts to take away more of our money. Hoffa recently wrote a letter to Congress saying while he supports the efforts of the NCCMP, he does not support their proposal to eliminate the “anti-cutback provision.” Once again it seems that he is playing both sides.
Central States claims roughly $18 Billion in unfunded liability. In the ‘70’s and 80’s, we were told that our multi-employer fund was better than any other and was managed with precise expertise. We were told that the managers of our fund were experts and could see all the signs, bad and good, and knew when to pull out and where to move our money to a more secure investment, so as not to lose money. I started questioning that assumption in the 90’s when I saw over a three year period the fund lost $6 billion and the fund managers were paid $300 Million. I added up investment losses since the 1990’s and they come to close to that $18 billion. When I saw the fund change investment firms, (money managers) I thought things would get better. Not so. Then Hoffa let UPS, the biggest contributor to the fund, pull out of the fund in 2008. UPS paid 6.1 Billion in withdrawal liability but that money was lost within 1 to 2 years following the 2008 stock market meltdown. I would say anyone believes that our fund was managed well is drinking the wrong Kool Aid. Central States investment bank managers, with oversight from the federal court, lost our money Both the banks and the government owe us.
Now after 38 active working years and 9 years of retirement, I’m forced to fight to save the pensions we were guaranteed would not be taken from us once earned.
I made a promise to myself when my pension improved to the point that it did in the 90’s that I would remain a TDU member for the rest of my life. I intend to keep that promise because I saw first hand that none of it would have happened without the efforts of TDU. Once again, retired and working Teamsters need TDU if we are to win this fight.
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Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to harness the potential of small unmanned aircraft: The Verge has learned that the world's largest parcel service, UPS, has been experimenting with its own fleet of flying parcel-carriers.
Sources familiar with the company’s plans say it has been testing and evaluating different approaches to drone delivery. Asked for a comment, a company spokesman said that, "The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we’ll continue to evaluate it. UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we’re always planning for the future."
In some ways, say industry experts, this is no surprise. "I would be shocked if a company like UPS wasn’t considering this," says Ryan Calo, a law professor specializing in drones and robotics. "If you want to compete in logistics and delivery, drones and unmanned robots have to be part of the conversation about where things are headed."
So far UPS has kept quiet about its plans, perhaps because any drone delivery project is years away from being legal and operational. For Jeff Bezos, on the other hand — who admitted that his drone fleet probably won’t be available for some time— the news was perfectly timed to hit on Cyber Monday, driving tons of free publicity to Amazon on the biggest online shopping day of the year.
UPS has a number of different ways it might utilize drones. It could offer something similar to Amazon’s Prime Air, or it might use them to help move packages around its own warehouses. Calo was skeptical of the video offered up by Amazon, where a drone drops off a package in a family’s suburban driveway. "I think from both a tech and a policy perspective, delivering to consumers in residential areas is going to be tough thing to accomplish any time soon," says Calo. "But a company like UPS could use drones to bring packages quickly and cheaply from a major airport or city to pick-up centers in more remote locations, speeding up delivery for a lot of customers."
Others in the industry are more bullish on how quickly a drone delivery service could be up and running. According to Colin Guinn, the North American CEO for the drone manufacturer DJI, "A company like Amazon or UPS could have a safe, operational fleet in 18-24 months," he tells The Verge. "What we need in terms of tech is improved object detection and avoidance, because GPS coordinates alone won’t cut it if you got a car or some kids in the driveway."
FedEx founder Fred Smith has spoken repeatedly about his desire to move to a fleet of unmanned aircraft, something he believes could generate major cost savings. The impediment so far has been regulators. "We have all this stuff working in the lab right now, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel," remarks Guinn. "We need a set of rules from the FAA. It’s just a matter of getting the laws in place so companies can begin building to those specifications and doing some real field testing."Issues: UPS
By: Ashley Jackson, Portland IWW
On the morning of November 15th in New York, 28 year old hackivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He used his computer skills to hack into and release over 5 million files of the private security firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or “Stratfor” exposing the corporate and government spying on activists domestically and abroad amongst other discoveries.
Existing prisoner support groups Portland Anarchist Black Cross, Oregon Jericho, Radical Prisoner Support Portland, and newly formed Portland IWW General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 1 had already had a benefit planned for him the next evening at The Red & Black Cafe. There was music by Irie Idea, Intentional Overtones, and Years of Lead, as well as a raffle, and readings of Jeremy’s own words in his plea and sentencing statements.
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There are some dispatchers who are either against the union or on the fence because they are concerned that the pension will no longer be available to them, since currently all agreement employees do not qualify for the pension. If you are one of these dispatchers and you’re number one concern and priority is the Pension, then you should be the most enthusiastic supporters of the union.
According to page 24 of the Pension guide, “Union Pacific Corporation reserves the right to amend or terminate the Plan, in whole or in part, at any time.” The Pension, and our livelihoods after we retire, can be changed or taken away without any say from us currently. So as long as Uncle Pete feels benevolent enough to bestow upon us their kindness then we can count on the Pension to be there. But what if the company changes their mind? What if it is no longer convenient for them to provide the Pension to their retired employees who have given their working lives to the company? They can change or get rid of it and there is currently nothing we can do about it. But that won't be the case if we vote “yes” for the union and we get the pension included in our contract. Then, the company cannot unilaterally change the Pension, they will have to negotiate any changes with the union and its’ membership.
And if you are counting on the Pension to be there when you retire, you should have cause to be concerned that either payments will be reduced or won't be there at all in the future. According to Consumer Reports, “Unfortunately, some workers covered by private corporate pensions might end up receiving less in retirement than they're banking on. Cutbacks will most likely have the biggest effect on midcareer employees and high-income earners.” So how do we stop that from happening to us?
Many unions are able to protect their memberships’ retirement benefits. For example, Teamsters Local 804 members at Eppendorf Services recently stuck together and won a strong contract that protects their pension. According to shop steward Matt Classie, “Our pension fund was in the Red Zone. There are more retirees taking benefits out than money going in. In negotiations, the union did everything to make sure our pensions are protected. Under the new contract, the company has to contribute a lot more on our behalf.”
Not only can the collective bargaining process through the certification of the ATDA protect the Pension if it begins to become underfunded, unions have used their collective bargaining power to put leverage on the company to unfreeze their Pension. Recently “UE Local 121 succeeded in unfreezing the defined benefit pension, which had been frozen since 2008. Members began accruing pension service credits effective May 22, 2013. This is a rare victory that few unions are ever able to achieve; once a defined benefit pension is frozen, it generally stays frozen.”
I've noticed that many dispatchers who are close to retirement are some of the most concerned about the how the union and a contract will affect their Pension. Unfortunately, the company can change payments to your Pension after you retire and there is nothing you can do about it, unless we come together and fight for our retirement benefits through union and the collective bargaining process. On October 22, 2013, The Huffington Post headlined an article - "Congress Considers Letting Pension Trustees Slash Benefits For Retirees." The article began, "In the coming weeks, Congress will consider legislation that would reform pension laws in a way that could slash benefits already promised to retirees." Whether or not Congress will actually pass this type of legislation is another story, but the fact that it is considering doing so shows just how quick the rules concerning our Pension can change when it's not protected in an Agreement.
Currently, our Pension – not to mention all of our pay, benefits, and work rules – are dictated to us by management and there isn't much we can do individually to affect those; but if we all join together and vote “yes” for the union, the company will legally be required to sit down with us and negotiate through the collective bargaining process any changes to our pay, benefits, and work rules… including our Pension. By ourselves we don't have much power, but together we have the leverage to protect our Pensions. Donald G. Muhr
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It's on – this Thursday, fast food workers like me are going on strike across the country.
And it’s going to be bigger than ever before, with community members joining us at protests and rallies in hundreds of cities across the country!
Find out if there’s a rally near you and sign-up to show up on Thursday. Together, we’ll send the fast food giants a loud and clear message.
I’m going on strike because I can’t make ends meet for me and my 12-year old boy on the $8.35 I make at McDonald’s – it’s just 10 cents more than minimum wage here in Peoria, Illinois.
I’m striking because not only can McDonald’s afford to pay us more, but time and time again they’ve shown just how out of touch they are with what it’s like to work for them – and try scrape by on poverty wages.
And we’re ALL going on strike because we know that folks like you are right there with us. We couldn’t do it without you: join me and say “I’m in!” for Thursday’s nationwide strike and protests!
The outpouring of support we’ve seen so far has been amazing, but we’re only getting started. As we get ready to walk off our jobs again we need you to have our backs.
We’ll be in touch with what’s next,
Low Pay is Not OK
P.S. If you can’t make it to a rally on Thursday, you can still say you’re with us. Tell the fast food chains it’s time to pay $15 an hour and spread the word after you have.Issues: Labor Movement
December 2, 2013: The Central States Pension Fund had $17.8 billion in assets as of June 30, 2013, which is the same amount it had at the start of the year.
The pension fund made $1.1 billion on its investments, a 6.5% rate of return in the six-month period. The high rate was due to the run-up of the stock market during the first quarter. The fund took in $332 million in employer contributions, and paid out $1.4 billion in benefits; thus it relied on the high $1.1 billion investment return to break even.
The status of the fund is thus unchanged overall. The Financial and Analytical Report for the second quarter provides detailed information. The Independent Special Counsel Report supplements that information.
Health and Welfare Fund
The Central States Health and Welfare Fund, unlike the pension fund, continues to operate in the black and grow in assets. Net assets were $1.9 billion at mid-year, up about $150 million from a year earlier. The fund pays nearly $100 million in benefits per month, and thus has 19 months of reserves.
The report notes that presently Central States H&W has 40,000 UPS participants, and anticipates a big growth in that number in the future due to the proposed UPS contract, which remains unratified by rank and file members.
The report makes no mention of the historic rejection by UPS members of 18 supplemental agreements, in large part due to proposed cuts in health benefits. Since that time, the offer has been sweetened with improved benefits by Central States.
The 40,000 present participants are full-time UPS Teamsters in the South, the Carolinas and various areas of the Central Region including Cleveland, Kansas City, and Louisville.
Members of TDU won in federal court the right of members to have access to these documents, and TDU provides this information to Teamster members and retirees.Issues: Pension and Benefits
The National Freight Negotiating Committee for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is scheduled to meet with IBT local union leaders Dec. 6 to review a proposal from YRC Worldwide Inc. to modify an existing restructuring agreement that expires March 31, 2015. The Teamsters, which represents 26,000 workers at the Kansas-based company, said in a statement Nov. 27 that local union leaders will decide after the meeting whether to submit the proposal to its membership to be voted on in a mail ballot referendum. Complete details about the proposal haven't been released. Neither the Teamsters nor YRC Worldwide would provide details about the proposal when contacted Nov. 29 by Bloomberg BNA. “This meeting and the subsequent vote, which we believe will be ratified, is another important and positive development in our long-planned refinancing process and the continued implementation of our turnaround plan,” James Welch, chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide and president of YRC Freight, said Nov. 26 in a statement. “We are grateful to our union and non-union employees who have made significant sacrifices to keep our company moving forward and our customers who have shown solid support in this process.”
Based in Overland Park, Kan., YRC Worldwide is the holding company for YRC Freight, YRC Reimer (in Canada), Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn.
Talks About Financial Future
YRC Worldwide officials met with Teamsters officials in Dallas Nov. 5 to discuss the trucking company's financial future. The purpose of the meeting, the company said, was to update local and national Teamsters leaders about YRC Worldwide's “recent performance, future prospects, corporate refinancing opportunities and the need to proactively align multiple stakeholders in advance of 2014 debt obligation deadlines.”
YRC Worldwide wants to extend its current contract with the Teamsters for five years from ratification, the company said in a Nov. 12 statement, to “achieve cost savings for YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn.”
Welch said Nov. 6 that a contract extension with IBT beyond the current agreement's expiration in 2015 would be an important step in providing customers with the service they deserve and in “providing our employees long-term job stability, competitive industry-wide wages and outstanding healthcare benefits.”
“In addition to securing the jobs of over 26,000 union employees,” he said, “it will substantially increase the likelihood of a holistic refinancing solution to address the debt maturities in 2014 and 2015.”
Previous IBT Concessions
YRC Worldwide and IBT in July 2011 separately announced the completion of the company's restructuring plan at that time, saying it would provide IBT-represented employees with a 25 percent ownership stake in the company and provide the firm with added financial stability. Prior to the 2011 restructuring announcement, IBT members employed at YRC had agreed to two rounds of concessionary contract modifications, in October 2010.
Logistics conglomerate YRC Worldwide and its workers have been caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place for at least five years. Now the squeeze is getting even more uncomfortable for both sides, and it could soon come to a crisis point for the second time in four years.
YRC Worldwide, the company that owns Yellow Freight, New Penn, USF Reddaway and several other trucking and logistics brands, has asked its unionized drivers, dock workers, mechanics and other employees to make concessions, likely to include forgoing raises and contributions into a Teamsters pension plan, in order to help the company survive another financial crisis.
Teamsters’ National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee leaders will meet with locals that represent YRCW members on Dec. 6 to review a forthcoming proposal from YRC Worldwide that modifies the existing restructuring agreement.
If the Teamsters and YRC Worldwide management do not agree to a deal, the company could be in danger of going under, ending the jobs of some 26,000 employees, including between 1,000 and 1,500 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties
Many retired workers in the Inland area are covered by the company’s medical plan and could lose those benefits.
Teamsters have a contract with YRC Worldwide that runs through 2015. But workers have modified that contract several times, giving up raises and pension payments, to help the company remain solvent.
Now they are being asked to do it again.
Tuesday, Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Worldwide released a statement saying the company asked for the Dec. 6 meeting to give local labor leaders a proposal concerning their contract and benefits, which they would review and decide on submitting to the membership for a ratification vote.
“This meeting and the subsequent vote, which we believe will be ratified, is another important and positive development in our long-planned refinancing process and the continued implementation of our turnaround plan, James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, said in the statement. “We are grateful to our union and non-union employees who have made significant sacrifices to keep our company moving forward and our customers who have shown solid support in this process.”
A company representative did not return calls to The Press-Enterprise to elaborate on that statement. In a Nov. 12 conference call with equity analysts, Welch said the company needs “a more competitive contract” with the Teamsters.
The current union contract expires on March 31, 2015. An official statement on the union website said “any modification to that would need to be ratified by the affected membership in a secret ballot referendum,” and did not elaborate.
Randy Cammack, secretary-treasurer of Rialto-based Local 63 of the Teamsters and vice president of Joint Council 42, the umbrella group for 144,000 Southern California members, said the union is publicly taking a neutral stance about YRC Worldwide’s request for more contract concessions. Ultimately, the 26,000 workers who are covered by the contract will be the ones making the decision, he said.
Cammack said that there will probably be a lot of mixed emotions on the part of the members, pointing out that six years after the start of the Great Recession, “these are not the best of times” for a blue-collar workers in Inland Southern California.
“The feeling is, and I don’t know how deep that runs, is that people are concerned about being unemployed,” Cammack said.
Union leaders were incensed when, earlier this year YRC Worldwide’s executives said they wanted to buy competing trucking company Arkansas Best. Teamsters, including President James Hoffa, said YRC Worldwide should not be spending on acquisitions when workers’ contracted raises and pension contributions had been mothballed for four years.
Cammack said some of the mixed emotions involve disappointment combined with frustration about the company’s inability to get onto solid financial footing.
“There is anger that the company has not done what it needs to do,” Cammack said. “They’ve made bad decisions.”
YRC Worldwide first ran into trouble with its debt load in 2009. The trouble traced back to a situation that was caused by a period when YRC bought out competing trucking companies in the early 2000s. In 2009 the Teamsters agreed to accept 10 percent pay cuts and to give up the cost-of-living increases written into their contract, accepting stock in the company in exchange for the concessions.
The company almost went under in the last days of 2009. A deal with Wall Street bondholders to exchange corporate debt for stock kept the firm alive.
Earlier this month, a Southern California Teamsters executive said the union has already given YRC Worldwide some $3 billion in deferred wage and pension payments over the past four years in an effort to keep the company going.
According to public records, YRC Worldwide owes its creditors more than $1 billion, money that must be paid in 2014 and 2015.
“That’s debt with extremely high interest rates,” Cammack said. “It’s like the credit card debt you get when you make minimum payments every month.”
The publicly traded company reported on Nov. 12 that it lost $44 million in the third quarter. Management and operational issues, and a shortage of drivers that slowed the company’s network were said to be among the reasons for the weak quarter.
Those problems sent a lot of customers to competitors. Cammack said one reason the Teamsters are handling this crisis in a low-key way is that they do not want to give impetus to other competing freight companies.Issues: Freight
The Seahawks aren’t the only ones expanding their air game in Seattle. On tonight’s episode of 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrated his new concept for nearly instant order fulfillment, an approach it’s calling Amazon Prime Air. Air aims to use octocopter aerial drones to deliver packages up to five pounds to any customer within ten miles of a fulfillment center.
Bezos says that about 86 percent of Amazon’s orders are of the under-five-pound variety and that orders would usually be fulfilled in thirty minutes or less. It sounds ambitious — and it is, as nothing like this has been done on a national level before – but when one breaks it down to its core elements, the project isn’t that complex.
Automated drones have been around for several years now, and as computational power becomes lighter and smaller, and as batteries gain longer lives, the idea of using them together for non-military applications makes sense. Seattle already has drones flying overhead, though they won’t be dropping off Xbox Controllers like Amazon’s should be.
The plan is in its initial stages right now, and Bezos says that there are some regulatory issues to be worked out, we’re guessing mostly along the lines of how to make sure a drone doesn’t drop package onto unwary pedestrians. Bezos appears optimistic though, and believes that the near future will see armadas or drones zipping around cities.
We’re guessing that at some point some pioneering person in Seattle will find a way for these drones to deliver pizza and whiskey. The future, it seems, is going to be a great place to live.
By the International Solidarity Commission, 28.11.13
Whereas workers of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) have asked us to issue a statement in solidarity with imprisoned union activist Reza Shahabi,
Be it resolved that the International Solidarity Commission send the following Statement of Solidarity to IASWI and publish it in IWW media (iww.org, the General Organization Bulletin, social media, etc.).
The Industrial Workers of the World protest the continued incarceration of Reza Shahabi, the Treasurer and Executive Board member of the Syndicate of workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, and join his family's demand for his immediate release.
Reza was charges with “gathering and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. These are all sham charges. Reza Shahabi is a worker and labour activist.
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The roof of Maxima supermarket collapses in Riga, Latvia. Leaves 52 dead, 30 injured.
Due to grevious breaches of work and construction safety the roof of a supermarket collapsed on itself in Riga, the capital of Latvia, killing and burying workers and shoppers beneath the rubble. In addition to that three rescue workers were killed when the building collapsed for the second time.
The question was asked, "Why hasn't the ATDA mentioned that the top seniority Dispatcher will choose all 5 weeks of their vacation, then the #2 Dispatcher, #3, etc. before any junior Dispatcher gets to choose any?" We haven't mentioned it because that is not the normal way it is done. As with what is presented in negotiations, the train dispatchers on each railroad choose how they will handle vacation choices.
Could the UP train dispatchers decide to handle the vacation as set forth in the question? Yes, they could because it's about what they want. Or, they can choose a mix of both seniority and fairness like other train dispatchers have chosen to do.
For instance, the selection process starts with the most senior dispatcher making his/her first choice of no more than one block of two consecutive weeks. Then it progresses down the roster with every dispatcher doing the same. It then starts over with the most senior dispatcher making his/her second choice, this time a one-week block. Once again it progresses down the roster with every dispatcher doing the same. It continues in this fashion until all vacation choices have been made.
Of course, the number of blocks at each choice can be modified. There is no "one size fits all" way to do this and it varies from railroad to railroad. How it is done is up to the affected train dispatchers. How it would be done on the UP would be decided by the UP train dispatchers.
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November 25, 2013: On November 20-21, YRC negotiators presented proposals to the Teamsters Freight Division for a five-year contract extension. While they are not proposing any wage cuts, they are asking for other concessions.
Reports indicate that YRC’s proposals include these:
- Continued annual wage increases in 2015 and beyond, but with no increase in 2014.
- Overtime pay after 40 hours per week, instead of after 8 hours.
- Change H&W language so that a partial week of work will not pay for a full week of H&W coverage.
- Work rule changes, including outsourcing some maintenance and use of outside contractors for certain road work.
Reportedly the IBT Freight Division has not agreed to anything yet, and talks will continue.
YRC management is firm that they need to get an extension with labor cost savings in place soon to be able to re-finance their substantial debt in order to lower interest payments and keep the company on track.
One question that comes up is why can’t YRC negotiate with the banks and the Teamsters simultaneously, so that the banks – who want YRC to keep making payments – could agree to refinance terms at the same time as IBT negotiators agree to submit a contract extension for a vote.
YRC CEO James Welch is taking the case to members, with a DVD mailed to every Teamster’s home. Reportedly the company will follow that by creating a website for Teamsters to access information and the company’s viewpoint.
The IBT constitution requires a majority vote of approval by the 26,000 YRCW Teamsters for any contract extension. Members should have a chance to discuss and evaluate any proposal before it is mailed out for a vote. TDU will continue to post information as it becomes available.Issues: Freight
November 25, 2013: Walmart workers and their supporters are planning to kick off this year's holiday shopping season with protests at 1,500 Walmart stores around the country on Black Friday.
Last year, 30,000 supporters participated in Black Friday actions at Walmart and workers walked off the job in 46 states, according to OUR Walmart, the union-backed group that is organizing the actions.
This year, Our Walmart is hoping for even more supporters to turn out.
Walmart made $17 billion in profit last year—but pays wages that are so low that the Walmart store in Canton, Ohio organized a food drive so that their “associates” could have Thanksgiving Dinner.
Most Walmart store employees make less than $25,000 per year, just over the poverty line which is set at $23,550 for a family of four. Walmart defines a “full-time job” as 34 hours a week.
Low wages at just a single Walmart store could cost taxpayers $900,000 per year, because workers use social safety net programs like food stamps and government subsidized health care to make ends meet, according to a May study from congressional Democrats.
Protests have already been in several cities this month. In Los Angeles, more than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in what organizers described as the largest single act of civil disobedience in the retailer’s history.
Last week the National Labor Relations Board charged Walmart with violating labor law, for the retaliations.Issues: Labor Movement
November 25, 2013: Teamster mechanics at United Airline are starting informational picketing nationwide as part of their campaign to protect their health care and pensions. We stand in solidarity!